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  • Homestar Runner:
    • In the Strong Bad Email "coloring", Marzipan teaches a kindergarten-like, unsettlingly politically correct learning program where students are called "life-blossoms". The program is called L.U.R.N., which stands for Life-Blossoms Undergoing Re-programming Naturally.
    • The SBEmail "space program" introduces Strong Badia's space program, SBASAF (pronounced something like "sbace-aff"): The Strong Badian Administration of Some Aluminum Foil.
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    • Paroded in the Cheat Commandos cartoon "2 Part Episode Part 1", where Flashfight appears on behalf of BEEF, the Bureau of Elite Fighting Forces. When Silent Rip points out that it spells "BEFF," Flashfight changed it to Bureau of Every Elite Fighting Force. When Silent Rip pronounces it "Beef-fuh," Flashfight fires him.
    • In a promo for Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, Strong Bad drops the name of the game, then adds "Or if you want to get in on the ground floor of the cool abbreviations: SBCG4AP!"
  • Parodied in Bonus Stage with the robot MALCOLM: Machine Automated Leadership ... COLM.
  • Decline of Video Gaming shows the three protagonists invited to e3 (the Electronically Exaggerated Entertainment Show) by the Gaming Ordinators National Association of Developing Systems.
  • TOME centers around a MMORPG universe called the Terrain Of Magical Expertise.
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  • Napster Bad includes an anti-piracy organization called the Recording Association for Popsong Economics.
  • The Most Popular Girls in School: What the acronym on Brittnay's Revenge Campaign read as (note the bold letters): Matthews Plan to Gain Influence Subvert Shitty Egomaniacs And Seek Out New Forms Of Unholy Retribution.
    • There's more in the rest of the Indie Gogo videos. They all spell the same thing-MPGIS SEASON FOUR.
    • TWAT: Television For Women & Tweens
      • Also funny, is the 'A' part in TWAT is actually 'And'. Yet when it's laid out, it's presented as an ampersand.
  • The DSBT of DSBT InsaniT stands for DylSchoolBlindTure, which makes no sense unless you watch Special Info Episode.
  • RWBY: Students are put into teams of four with the team name being based on the names of the four members, the first name corresponding to the team's leader.
    • Team RWBY (pronounced "Ruby"): Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna, Yang Xiao Long. Each member is based on a character from a fairy tale.
    • Team JNPR (pronounced "Juniper"): Jaune Arc, Nora Valkyrie, Pyrrha Nikos, Lie Ren. Each member is based on a historical/mythological figure who at one point disguised themselves as the opposite gender, and is the gender they disguised themselves. For example, Jaune is a male Joan of Arc.
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    • Team CRDL (pronounced "Cardinal"): Cardin Winchester, Russel Thrush, Dove Bronzewing, Sky Lark. The team is both bird and Christian themed, as is the word "cardinal".
    • Team CFVY (pronounced "Coffee"): Coco Adel, Fox Alistair, Velvet Scarlatina, Yatsuhashi Daichi. The team is based both off the color brown and various desserts.
    • Team SSSN (pronounced "Sun"): Sun Wukong, Sage Ayana, Scarlet David, Neptune Vasilias. Similar to JNPR, each member is based on a character from a classic tale, but no cross-dressing is involved this time.
    • When the teams get mixed up a bit, Team RNJR (pronounced "Ranger") is formed: Ruby Rose, Nora Valkyrie, Jaune Arc, Lie Ren. There is some argument on the name and who is technically the leader—Ren thinks Ruby is the leader since they're following her mission, Nora thinks Jaune is the leader since there are more of them. Her suggestion was team JNRR (pronounced "Junior") — Jaune Arc, Nora Valkyrie, Lie Ren and Ruby Rose — but after Jaune says the name out loud, he sighs and says RNJR just sounds better.
    • A generation prior to the present day, Team STRQ (pronounced "Stark") consisted of: Summer Rose, Taiyang Xiao Long, Raven Branwen, Qrow Branwen.
  • Played for Laughs in one Red vs. Blue PSA about trigger warnings, where Doc has Simmons create two systems for detecting potentially harmful content and finding other people's triggers. Said systems are called the Rapid Anti-Provocation Emergency System and the Cautionary Ubiquitous Neurological Trauma Scanner, respectively, much to Doc's chagrin.
  • In Ultra Fast Pony, Twilight Sparkle insists that Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder should instead be known as ABCD: Aggressively Belligerent Compulsive Disorder.
  • In X-Ray & Vav, The Mad King seeks to empower himself by using the Energized Dairy Gathering Absorption Rig.
  • In the animated series for the game "Happy Wheels", the five main characters form the Defensive Education Awareness Team and Health Society, or D.E.A.T.H.S.
  • Battle for Dream Island has a few.
    • Most commonly, the TLC that eliminated contestants go to stands for the Tiny Loser Chamber.
    • In Episode 17 of the first season, it is shown that the recommended characters that did not make it into the contest go to the LOL, or the Locker of Losers. In Season 2, the aforementioned TLC is stored inside the LOL.
    • In Season 4, eliminated contestants go to an eternal algebra class held in "Eternal Algebra Class Withfour"... though it turns out Four isn't good at acronyms, so it is instead written out as "Eternal Xalgebra Iclass Twithfour" to spell "EXIT".
    • One of particular note, Blocky’s Funny Doings International, which just happens to share an acronym with the series itself.
    • One of the teams in the fourth season is named Death P.A.C.T., which may sound like they have a huge impact on death, but actually stands for “Death Prevention And Creating Trust”.
    • It happens again in BFB 14, where Team Ice Cube finds a "Buried Forest, Deciduosly Insulated", also with the same acronym as the show.
  • Inanimate Insanity has its eliminated contestants go to Idiotic Island when they are eliminated in the first season... which happens to be the show's acronym, too. Subverted in Season 2, where they go to Hotel OJ.
  • Helluva Boss is about an assassin business run primarily by imps called I.M.P. (Immediate Murder Professionals).


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